Las pasiones y los intereses
In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests --so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice --was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man. Hirschman here of...more
For better or worse, phenomena of the social world, especially those in the domain of history, economics, and ideology are not afforded these liberties. Historical time proceeds linearly and ou ...more
In one of the most attractive and influential of these critiques, the stress is on the repressive and alienating feature of capitalism, on the way it inhibits the development of the “full human personality.” From the vantage point of the present essay, this accusation seems a bit unfair, for capitalism was precisely expected and supposed to repress certain human drives and proclivities and to fashion a less multifaceted, less unpredictable, and more “one-dimen
An interesting point made towards the end of the book is that even famous economists like Keynes, Schumpeter have u ...more
"Both critics and defenders of capitalism would improve upon their arguments through knowledge of the episode in intellectual history that has been recounted here. This is probably all one can ask of history, and of history of ideas in particular: not to resolve issues, but to raise the level of the debate." (Hirschman, 1977)
This is what he means "accept some benign human proclivities at the expense of some malignant ones".
That's one reason why I hate political theorists sometime. One, their language and selection of words is very fancy and they go ...more
To that end, he says that Tawney's and Marx's theories about the rise of capitalism are to black-and-white, and he tacitly and modestly replaces a nuanced historical study of the actual rise of capitalism.
I should think the key idea of this nuanced essay comes from the Cardinal de Retz, who says that "interest governs the world." Sure, says Hirshmann, "interest governs the world", but ...more